High school basketball

Scott County boys, Lafayette girls big favorites in district tourneys

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Who's hot and who's not going into high school basketball's post-season?

Scott County's boys, rated No. 5 in the state, own the longest victory streak in the state — 20 in a row — heading into the 42nd District tournament at Henry Clay.

The Cardinals, led by Mr. Basketball finalist Trent Gilbert, are seeking their sixth consecutive district title and fourth 11th Region championship in eight years. They play Sayre in the district semifinals Monday night.

No. 24 Henry Clay and Bryan Station, who split their regular-season clashes, meet in the other 42nd semifinal.

No. 11 Lafayette is the favorite in the boys' 43rd District tournament at Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Generals, led by Mr. Basketball finalist Jackson Davis, play in Wednesday's semifinals against the winner of Monday's Lexington Christian-Tates Creek game.

Dunbar and Lexington Catholic, who split their regular-season meetings, face off in Tuesday's semifinals. Dunbar, the defending district champ, has lost its last four games in a row. Lexington Catholic has dropped five of its last six.

In the girls' 43rd District, defending champ Lafayette is the team to beat again. The Generals, led by junior Dee Givens, are No. 6 in the state. They play in Wednesday's semifinals against the winner of Monday's LCA-Tates Creek game. Dunbar plays Lexington Catholic in Tuesday's semifinals. Dunbar beat the Knights twice this season.

Henry Clay is the top seed in the girls' 42nd District. It plays Sayre in Monday's semifinals. Scott County and Bryan Station play in Tuesday's semifinals. Scott County swept the Defenders in the regular season.

District winners and runners-up advance to the regional tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center next week.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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